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May 5, 1956

Cancer of the Lung: Pathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

JAMA. 1956;161(1):114-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010116039

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This interesting monograph is largely a compilation of data with very little of the authors' own material. The section on pathology is based on a study of their series of 208 autopsies and 69 pulmonary resections. It is regrettable that there is such a high proportion of autopsy material, because undoubtedly the findings as regards the extent of disease are entirely different from what they would be if the material were taken largely from clinical cases. In the discussion of the cause of bronchogenic cancer, the authors are definitely biased against the possibility that there might be a causal relationship between smoking and cancer of the lung. The chapter on x-ray is well illustrated and complete, but most of the examples are those of patients with advanced diseases. The chapters on bronchoscopy and cytological examination of aspirated material and sputum are probably the best in the book. The chapters on

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